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Better East Texas: Preserving State Parks

By Pat Stacey

Did you ever stop and think how much money it costs to keep nature, well, natural?  I'm talking about the state parks and the current revenue hole that the Texas Parks and Wildlife park system finds itself in. 

The problem centers around the severe weather in the drought and subsequent wildfires which damaged many state parks, including those right here in East Texas. 

The wildfires may be over but lake levels in most parks are very low.  Those low levels have translated into lower revenue from park fees from visitors and thus the deficit of 4 point 6 million dollars in the 2012 budget. 

East Texas is home to nearly a dozen state parks and with that many, when the state parks hurt, east Texas hurts.  Texas Parks and Wildlife has delivered a plea for Texans to help out the state parks by donating and you can donate through a link on 

You can also donate when you renew your auto registration.  There are 25 million people in Texas so surely most of us can afford a few dollars when we renew the auto registration to help preserve the greatest park system in the nation.  And beyond giving a few dollars is the plea to visit your local state park and appreciate the beauty that is Texas and its natural appeal. 

Helping out the state park system is needed right now so your donation or visitation makes a difference right now and it makes for a Better East Texas.

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